Creamy Asparagus and Pea Soup with Herbed Croutons
 
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This creamy asparagus and pea soup is so easy to make and delicious served hot or cold! The baked asparagus gives this soup an incredible depth of flavor!
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
For The Soup
  • 3 tsp olive oil + additional olive oil for drizzling
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh-cracked pepper
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cup half & half
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese + additional for topping (optional, but highly recommended)
  • juice from ½ lemon
For the Croutons
  • 2 cups crusty bread, cubed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp Herbs de Provence or spices of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil (to make cleanup easier). Spread the asparagus in a single layer. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Toss to coat and then return to a single layer.
  3. Bake the asparagus for about 12 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. In a medium saucepan or pot, heat the 3 tsp of olive oil.
  6. Add the garlic and shallots and saute until the shallots are translucent. Do not allow the garlic to brown or it will be bitter.
  7. Add peas, chicken stock and half & half and heat for about 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer the soup and the asparagus to a high-powered blender and puree until smooth (or you could add the asparagus to the soup and use an immersion blender to puree it right in your pot)
  9. Return the soup to the pot and heat over medium-low heat just until it starts to simmer (do not let it come to a boil)
  10. Add Parmesan cheese and whisk until blended.
  11. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
  12. Top with herbed croutons and additional Parmesan cheese (if desired)
To Make the Croutons
  1. Preheat your oven to 325F
  2. Toss the bread cubes with the oil and seasonings. If they look too dry, add some additional oil and spices and toss again.
  3. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer
  4. Bake for 7 minutes
  5. Remove from the oven, toss the cubes a bit and return to the oven for another 10 minutes until crispy.
  6. Remove from oven to cool.
Recipe by Moms Need To Know ™ at http://momsneedtoknow.com/creamy-asparagus-pea-soup-herbed-croutons/